Tree-mendous displays at St Mary’s Church’s Christmas tree festival

There were a total of 916 trees of all shapes and sizews at this year's St Mary's Christmas Tree Festival EMN-140812-124721001
There were a total of 916 trees of all shapes and sizews at this year's St Mary's Christmas Tree Festival EMN-140812-124721001
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Coachloads of visitors from as far as Eastbourne and Sheffield were among the hordes of people who marvelled at all the sparkling creations at this year’s St Mary’s Church Christmas Tree Festival.

The event featured 916 trees of all shapes and sizes created by a whole host of schools, charities, community groups, businesses and individuals.

Organisers Margaret Phillips and Jen Hanson with some crib displays EMN-140812-114822001

Organisers Margaret Phillips and Jen Hanson with some crib displays EMN-140812-114822001

Andrew Nutter, one of the organising committee members, said: “It has been another wonderful event. We’ve had visitors mainly from the Leicestershire region but also from much further afield including, on Sunday, people travelling by coach from Barnsley, Eastbourne, Sheffield, Norwich and Bedford.”

Entry was £2, with accompanied children free. Proceeds will go towards general church funds. A collection at the Songs of Praise service on Sunday raised £434 in aid of Breast Cancer Support.

Melton’s seventh annual Festival of Cribs took place at Sage Cross Methodist Church and Community Centre on Saturday and Sunday.

The popular festive event, which featured about 70-80 nativity cribs from around the world, made from many different materials and in many different styles, exceeded expectations and has raised more than £1,600 towards the Sage Cross Development Fund. Thanks go to all who supported the festival, including church members who provided hot and cold food.

The last posting date for the 36th Melton Scout Group’s local Christmas card delivery service is Wednesday (Dec 17).

For a donation of 20p per card, members of the group will deliver cards to addresses in the town that have an LE13 postcode. Post boxes are in: Age UK, Asfordby Road Stores, Foxy Lots, Chocolate Shop, Craven Street News, One Stop Grange Drive, Melton Building Society, Nigel’s News Hartopp Road, St John’s Drive Shop, Superdrug and Melton Bookshop. Deliveries started this week and will be completed before Christmas.